Our Staff

Board Members and Key Staff

The Board's main phone number is (513) 785-2800.

The Butler County Board of Developmental Disabilities includes:

Dr. Kathy McMahon-Klosterman, President
Tony Yocco, Vice-President
Richard Meier, Recording Secretary
Dr. Dale French
Laddie Henninger
Jacqueline Rioja Velarde
Connie Sullivan

The Board approves policies and contracts and the annual plan and budget of the agency. The Board generally meets on the second Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Call (513) 785-2800. The Board agenda and an archive of Board minutes can be found here.

Leadership Team

The Board of Developmental Disabilities' Leadership Team includes the Superintendent, Business Services Director, and staff from Accounting, Human Resources, Program Administration and Community Relations. 

Lisa Guliano, Superintendent, is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the agency. She can be reached at (513) 785-2816.

Hailey Quinn, Business Services Director, administers general accounting, budgetary accounting, internal auditing, financial projections, billing, accounts payable and payroll. She can be reached at (513) 785-2815.

Sherry DillonCommunity Services Director, is responsible for the oversight of Butler County’s employment and advocacy initiatives and she supervises the Community Relations team staff. She can be reached at (513) 785-2875.

Debbie Gulley, Program Services Director, oversees the overall program development of services being provided by the DD Board. She also oversees Early Childhood and Ancillary Services, which include Occupational, Physical, and Speech Therapies, and Nursing Services. She can be reached at (513) 785-2808.

Tanya Coffey, SSA Director, oversees Services and Support Administration including eligibility and referral services. She supervises services that administratively support people served and their families. She can be reached at (513) 785-2803.

Melissa Ward-Brown, Early Intervention Manager, is responsible for supervising the Early Intervention program, which serves families with children birth to age three. She can be reached at (513) 785-4657.

Dwight Finch, HR and Operations Director, can be reached at (513) 785-2805. Dwight's responsibility is to plan, organize, direct and monitor the Board's Human Resources department, Custodial and Maintenance Departments. He oversees human resource functions, labor relations, wage and salary administration, fringe benefit administration, insurance and health benefits and employee services.

Jennifer Kisamore, Human Resources Supervisor, is responsible for new hire orientation, labor relations, worker's compensation, employee’s DODD certifications and FMLA. She can be reached at (513) 785-2810.

Karen Bessette, Quality Assurance Director, which is the department that responds to reports of abuse, neglect or other major unusual incidents and is responsible for the compliance of residential providers. Her department also conducts compliance reviews in the area of medication administration, and oversees compliance and provider support services contracted through the Southwestern Ohio Council of Governments. The Quality Assurance Department also oversees client confidentiality/privacy issues and records. She can be reached at (513) 785-4677.

Wendy Planicka, Community Relations Coordinator, can be reached at (513) 785-2814. She is responsible for the agency's newsletters, web site, offering information to the media and to the general public, public speaking, advertising and press releases. She also serves as Communications Coordinator for the Southwestern Ohio Council of Governments (SWOCOG).


Community Teams
Service and Support Administrators, also known as Support Coordinators, connect people to services in the community as well as within the agency. They assess needs and develop person centered plans for individuals. Supports may include eligibility and referral, linkage to housing, and training opportunities including employment and day program options within the community, and positive behavior supports.

Team Supervisors: Teresa Brand (513) 217-2562, Jessica Purkiser (513) 785-4663, Kara Frederick, (513) 785-3616 and David Delgado (513) 785-4233.

Community Connections, Employment & Advocacy

Tracy Boraz, Vocational Coordinator, assists in developing employment opportunities for youth ages 14 to 22 who have developmental disabilities. She can be reached at (513) 785-3619.

Lynne Hibbard, Employment Services Coordinator, assists people the Board supports to access job opportunities in their communities through developing and maintaining strong working relationships with families, employers, Butler County Ohio Means Jobs, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, Butler Tech, local schools, and the employment services providers the Board partners with. The main goal is to help develop as many employment options as possible, in order to make the supported employment process timely, with the best outcomes, including not just getting the job, but keeping it. Lynne can be reached at (513) 785-7872.

Connie Mehlman, Bri Combs and Jenny Schultz are Community Connections Coordinators. They can be reached via email at communityconnections@butlerdd.org. Their role is to increase awareness of services provided by our Board, to provide education to the community about how to best support people with developmental disabilities, and to take action by creating opportunities for individuals and families to interact, participate, work and develop relationships in the community. They also support the advocacy group Speak Up and the transition-age groups SALT and PEPA.

Quality Assurance Department

Investigative Agents conduct reviews of all reports of abuse, neglect and other major unusual incidents. Karen Bessette, Quality Assurance Director, oversees this department. She can be reached at (513) 785-4677.